Tuesday, January 28, 2014

guest bedroom schematic r2

organizing the shelf spanning the door to be a bit taller, such that there are about half as much the distance to the door moulding as to the lateral edges.
Here's a close up of how the edge molding meets the base and stepback shelf overhang. Not sure if i want to do an ovolo or this plane curve seen here. or ogee?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

shelving wood milling/lamination in progress

The shelf will reach from floor to ceiling, which is roughly 9'. I searched for the material and found some 18' lengths of shiplapped 6/4 fir that perhaps was used as truck bedding. They were mostly flat sawn, too. So i cut these boards in 2, and then surface planed them and ripped into 1" wide strips that were then ripped and glued up.

fair bit of glue and processing. why? well, it's VG fir on the cheap, that's why! I hope it to be a bit more stable, and easier to look at than trying to match a bunch of random flat sawn fir from the same source. it is a lot of trouble, but i hope it's worth while. so far, so good.

Friday, January 10, 2014

guest bedroom schematics in process

next big project is our guest room, where I want to install a wall sized bookshelf (12'x9'), a trundle/daybed and some desk workspace. Plan is to have it all made from reclaimed doug fir. I've got a few hundred bf of it in the and have been milling the shelf boxes right now.

sketchup model located here:


(i'm sure there's a lot of sketchup abuse going on here.)

some shots below, can't figure out how to toggle the floating annotations so the scene is a bit cluttered. shelving will have LED tape light aimed inward around the vertical supports. that's a built-in bench/trundle bed in the corner

Saturday, November 30, 2013

a commuting bicycle hanger in reclaimed redwood and doug fir

This project originally began as a built in construction that seemed too intrusive to integrate into the space we wanted to use for stowing our commuter bikes. The unused sketchup model Here. I instead tried to do something a bit lighter weight, using the studs as the main load bearing component. sketchup here.

I wanted to experiment with new joinery technique so the shelving carcass involves dadoes with stub tenons on the lower tier, and a mitered half blind dovetail on the top. Since this piece is for our commuter bikes it has low pressure associated with the joinery and I felt like I could be a bit more loose with the saw. Redwood is nice and soft and i've been working with it a lot recently, but it's so fragile that i am looking forward to using stuff that is a bit more resilient.

project photos ensue. apologies for the photos, the shelf is intended to hold helmets for la Femme and myself. also maybe a few extra doo-dads that make bikes go. chain lube, spare mags, etc.

the hardware came from someone who has the audacity to call it "Leonardo" and while it is OK, I do not think the original dude would be happy with the crappy welds. port side has two 3/4" doug fir pegs for hanging coats and such. Might have some more aiming inboard.

First step was to try to optimize the arrangement of bikes. Horizontal space was premium in this application, so a staggered,overlapping formation was chosen and sorted out on my garage wall. Please remind me to never clutter this wall so that such experiments can continue.

I mocked up a support board as proof of concept and it felt "right". We have Lath and Plaster hell here, so no modern stud finder reliably divines the stud. I resorted to what my hero Nassim Nicholas Taleb would charitably regard as "stochastic tinkering" to drill tiny probing holes into the wall near the baseboard to verify stud location, and then run these findings up along the wall using blue tape.

Shelf unit is attached with two housed bridle joints. I had performed a lot of tinkering and verifying to get the placement right. The japanese square was an invaluable tool, even though the non empirical units on the reverse side drive me crazy.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

42 years in 6/4 doug fir

i've had this stick of dense and old doug fir. really old stuff. used it as a brace in the trestle of an experimental desk some years ago. here now as the main support beam for a new project, a bicycle hanger for our commuting rigs. we have about 32" of wall space next to the door where the bikes will go. Still, breathtaking grain density here going on. And to think I'm 42 years old:

Friday, November 8, 2013

between projects, i tend to carve propellers

some 1" square redwood sticks were on hand from a gardening project. the wood is soft, not quite like balsa from my youth, but approaching.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

bench and cabinet in reclaimed fir

Part of the remodel of our bungalow, a built in cabinet and bench system leading out onto the south facing side of the house via French doors. Details:

  • 12'long, 36" high cabinet tops, 18" bench with angled back.
  • Finish is Watco Danish Oil.
  • Frame&Panel construction atop birch ply carcass.
  • laminated quartersawn pieces for the cabinet tops using breadboard ends, 7/8" thick
  • Seat back and sides milled from doug fir sent here from my dad up in the Seattle area. Tree came down in a bad wind storm some years ago and he had it milled on site. had a few nice planks for me to use.
  • Rest of the wood came from reclaimed doug fir that I scrounged around for. Urban Ore and Earthsource Lumber
  • I'd never done built in work so had no idea how much fun it was to match up the theoretical straight boards with the empirical geometry of a 1911 bungalow.
winging the miters for the base moulding with my ryoba was not much fun. perhaps a miter box would be a nice thing to have
Here's a foto roll of the work in progress Worked weekends from end of March through today

plywood substrate

I milled this fir from earthsource lumber in san leandro.
the ring density on this stick was too nice to pass up, although i had to chisel out each one of these inch spaced 16penny nails.

Some drawer pull ideas I had. Ended up using the ones integrated into the drawer front

The blum hinges work really well. Thanks Tim for lending my your 35mm forstner bit :-)

The angled frame/pannel sides were a bitch
I don't have a concave making plane so I did this using my plough plane to define the shoulders and then a block plane to round out the interior space.